I really enjoyed this Korn Ferry blog as it pulls together all my favourite development themes into a single list of 'transformative pauses'.
I've provided a short summary in brackets so you can join the discussion even if you don't read the full length blog
- Pause to Push the Boundaries. (slow down and consider the bigger picture to reduce 'noise' and focus on what's important to improve productivity)
- Multiply Energy to Generate Sustainable, Differentiated Value. (sustainable leadership becomes more possible when we proactively build up our own energy and then multiply it in others)
- Generate Energy by Sharing Compelling Stories (using inspiring stories to illustrate values, purpose and appreciation is a crucial language for multiplying sustainable energy and drive in an organization)
- See Purpose as Elevating Performance to New Heights. (So employees have a purpose bigger than product or performance, a purpose that will likely drive performance to new levels)
- Focus on Coaching and Authenticity (The evolution from critic to coach and from accuracy to authenticity is fundamental to transformative leadership)
- Use Questions to Innovate (Becoming adept at the language of integrative intelligence—compelling questions—is one of the most underdeveloped competencies in leaders today)
Question: Which of these 6 levers to sustainable leadership do you use regularly? Which did you find a useful reminder?
I use them all to varying extents depending on my client engagements, the one that was hardest for me to learn yet probably the most beneficial is #1 Pause to Push the Boundaries. I have to have a regular reminder in my diary or I still forget! Yet I know that I have my greatest moments of insight when I step away from 'doing'.
I'd love to hear which of these you use and how it benefits you, please share your thoughts below.